E4 is sticking with The 100.
The digi-net’s parent company Channel 4 has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of The CW’s dystopian drama from international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has learned. The show’s second season will premiere on E4 in January 2015.
Created by Jason Rothenberg, The 100 is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Eliza Taylor, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Paige Turco, Kelly Hu, Christopher Larkin and Thomas McDonell.
The move to pick up the rights to the second season of the show comes after The 100 proved to be a hit for E4. Initially acquired in August 2013, The 100 launched on E4 this past July, with more than 1.7 million viewers tuning into the series premiere; shattering ratings records for the channel (+400% on the slot average).
This also marks the latest deal concluded by Channel 4 in recent months to pick up the latest season(s) of their top performing imports. The PSB previously reached deals, with a range of distributors, to acquire the UK rights to the new seasons of The Good Wife, Shameless USA, Revenge, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls and The Returned; all of which are eyed for 2015 premieres.